Random Acts of Kindness Month

Monday, December 2, 2019

This resource can be found HERE.
If  you're a teacher, December can be a hard month for a number of reasons!

To start, there's the 3 week marathon until winter break. Second, you're in the thick of report cards & conferences just trying to keep your head above water.  Third, everyone is getting sick left and right around you at a time when you CANNOT afford to be down for the count. And probably the hardest part of all, is that the kids are all hyped up about the holidays....& yet (if you're a public school teacher) you're expected to keep the "holiday festivities" on the down low. That's next to IMPOSSIBLE when working with 8 and 9 year olds.

So, a few years ago I started to use December as a way to focus on something else that still makes the month special. Something everyone can connect with and still spread some "holiday" cheer. 

Random Acts of Kindness Month! If you don't know, December is known as "Random Acts of Kindness Month". The best part about focusing on kindness in a month that can be particularly challenging is that it helps to make your classroom feel a little lighter and helps to keep everyone centered around what the spirit of the season is all about.

Each year I've done things a little differently depending on the dynamic of kids in my room. But the one constant is that on the first school day of the month, my students receive a list of 17 acts of kindness. Their goal is to complete at least one act of kindness from list each day. I love bringing the kids together for 5 minutes at the end of each day to celebrate their acts of kindness. Sometimes we share out how they showed kindness and other days we share out an act of kindness that they received. Their little faces light up with joy and pride!

This is the kindness checklist included in THIS RESOURCE.
Probably my favorite part of R.A.K. month is incorporating a read aloud each day with a different message, theme or moral centered around kindness. One year I even created a resource for the kids to record the different kindness lessons they learned from each read aloud book. This was perfect for 3rd graders and challenged them to think more deeply about the messages in the books. The messages weren't all just "to be kind". Some books taught the kids to "be kind by welcoming and accepting those that are different", while others taught the kids that "being kind sometimes means donating and giving away things you no longer use to someone in need". 

Below is a list of just some of the FANTASTIC read aloud books I use in December to teach kindness each day. My favorite book, and probably one of the most underrated read aloud books of all time, is The Quilt Maker's Gift. Not only is the message so sweet, but the pictures will have your students captivated! This is a great book to start with on day one.

Kindness Read Aloud Books:

If you're looking for more: I have two other kindness resources offered in my Teachers Pay Teacher's store that are great for helping to spread kindness and build a classroom community. 

1. The first resource is my Bucket Slips. These pair perfectly with the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today

2. Finally, I also sell Kindness Posters with different quotes about kindness that are perfect for young children. I have a set of these hanging in my classroom for frequent reference, as well as in the hallway for those passing by.

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